In my Aspie mind, one of the most beautiful things in nature are crystals. The one I am showing you today is from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. They have literally hundreds there and I think I took pictures of most of them. This photo is in a larger format than I usually do on my posts, so if you want to see it better click on the image.
Ft. Wayne Indiana is an interesting town in the northeast corner of the State. I go there on an annual basis to pick up my supply of Sechler’s Pickle products. I am simply addicted to their kosher dill green tomatoes. During a visit a few years ago we discovered a local museum that had a large section to do with Prohibition. That is what I am offering for ISOA Saturday today. Take the time to read the mural included to see some pretty quirky things about my home State. I will leave the more historical report for a future post.
This week I am going to concentrate on the Beltway baiters. Just what is a “baiter”. I assume many of you know who I am talking about but for the rest of you, it is the cable news networks. I understand it is hard for them to concentrate on one thing 24/7 especially when that subject is politics which is about all they seem to cover now.
They do their best to raise their ratings by getting one politician to say something negative about another politician. When they manage it they run the video segment hundreds of times until a better one comes out. The more sensational the comment the better.
I don’t know how many of you are old enough to remember the FCC rule about “equal time” or sometimes called the “Fairness Doctrine”. That was a rule that said when you put out one point of view you must allow those with another point of view equal time to respond. This rule was repealed in 1987 after almost thirty years, by the FCC chair Dennis R. Patrick, a lawyer and Reagan White House aide. It then allowed Rush Limbaugh on the scene soon to be followed by cable news.
I have had a lot of time for some deep reflections lately and I have discovered that much of the anxiety I have today is probably due to spending too much time watching cable news. It doesn’t really matter which flavor, they are all equal opportunity beltway baiters.
So, here is my advice to you this week. If you want to calm down a little and not be so anxious I suggest you simply pull the cord on any cable news network. Now I realize that for many of my GOP friends who have Fox News on constantly throughout the day this will be very difficult for you. It could even be as bad withdrawal pain as getting free from an addiction of an illegal narcotic. But believe me, after the detox period you will definitely be a calmer and probably a more rational person. You might even stop hating all Democrats.
For my progressive friends, dare I say liberal? MSNBC is not much better than Fox. You might eventually become to realize that not all Republicans want to live in the 19th century again. You might also come to understand that not everyone who disagrees with you is playing the race card.
I think if we re-instituted the equal time rule, cable news would quickly cease to exist as they would have nothing to talk about. Just face it, the beltway baiters contribute very little to the overall functioning of our society. All they really do is to bait us into hating people who just might otherwise end up being a friend, albeit with some different opinions.
One of my favorite TV shows is about a family called the Rolloffs. The mother and father are dwarfs but only one of their four children is also a dwarf. Molly who is the only daughter used the word “skeptical” quite often even as a little girl. She was skeptical about almost everything. I didn’t use that word much growing up but I too was skeptical about many things I encountered. The show has been going on for about 13 years now so I have watched Molly grow from a young girl to a college graduate soon to be married.
It is good to see young people being skeptical of things around them, especially in today’s “post-truth” era. It leads me to believe that even if this post-truth era exists, it will be short-lived. Anyone who has been to RJsCorner knows that skepticism is a primary focus for this site. Question everything, think for yourself. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news article about a guy who drove six-hundred miles to Washington DC in order to shut down Hillery’s child abduction ring as reported in a fake news on-line article. I wonder how many other like him fall totally for purely fabricated information? Given that so much nonsense rhetoric now comes out of the White House, it is totally necessary to be skeptical about what you read and hear, especially there.
I couldn’t believe it when I saw the news article about a guy who drove six-hundred miles to Washington DC with a gun to shut down Hillery’s child abduction ring as reported in a fake news on-line article. I wonder how many other like him fall totally for purely fabricated information?
Getting slightly off the topic, it seemed like everyone going to college in the Reagan years of the 1980s was primarily focused on making money via an MBA (master’s in business administration). I kinda blame much of what has happened in our country on that attitude. That was the period when any sense of loyalty to anything but money flew out the window. Molly gives me hope for the coming years but she is not the only one. During my recent experiences with brain trauma, I ran across several others who put money on a back burner to wanting to help folks like me.
It’s good to be skeptical in today’s world. I’m glad that at least some are very equipped to turn our country back to the roots of my generation where truth actually meant something.